Romani people in Ukraine suffer from complicated procedures of obtaining identification documents, stated Serhiy Ponomariov, the head of the non-discrimination department of Parliamentary Secretariat on Human Rights.
"The Ombudsman has highlighted the problem of Romani-people rights as a priority in 2012. Since then, representatives of the Office together with representatives of civil society organizations has been carrying a systematic monitoring and visits to the Roma community. They analyze the legislation in order to determine what prevents Romani people from the access to obtaining documents. The conducted monitoring showed that the situation in different regions of Ukraine varies. Thus, the most difficult situation is in the Zakarpatia, Odesa and Cherkasy regions, in other regions, these problems also exist, but it is less sharps," said Ponomariov.
According to him, the situation is complicated because the representatives of ethnic group do not trust the public authorities. At the same time public authorities have rather passive attitude to the problems of the Roma community.